Currently, I have no need of fabric, threads, or quilting gadgets. But I love books. Would you believe me if I stated that these quilting books followed me home?
Let me tell you about these 3 books I recently added to my personal quilt library.
Happy Trails – Variations on the Classic Drunkard’s Path
I bought this classic book by Pepper Cory at the local library sale for $1 !! It has 64 pages of color photos, directions, b/w drawings of lots of ways to set the drunkard’s path blocks.
I have not made one of these in 20 years, but this book is giving me all kinds of ideas. And….there are several that would be a great way to use up some more scraps.
Blackberg Edition – 11 Bloved Quilts that Stand the Test of Time
This is a new quilting book hot off the press ! It has a churn dash pattern that I really like, plus some star patterns. Or maybe it is just the colors of the quilts in the books.
Published by Martingale and has 80 pages of color photos, directions, and is causing several unnecessary project ideas.
Vintage Treasures: Little Quilts for Reproduction Fabrics
I like antique quilts, especially ones from the 1780-1860 time frame.
And I am finding myself experimenting more and more with wall hanging or doll quilt size.
This book was published last year by Martingale and has so many fun ideas for small quilts. There are stars, postage stamp, yo-yo’s, pinwheels, baskets, and more. Many of the quilts are in under 36″ wide or long size group. A nice size to display.
My Thoughts to YOu:
Quilting books can be considered “tools of the trade”. Spend some time talking to other quilters about what their favorite ones are and why.
I suggest books that offer several patterns, and good photos and directions. As your skills increase, branch out into other patterns, or something more complicated.
Chances are that you will find certain patterns become your favorites (or not). Books can contain patterns or ideas that challenge you to make a new pattern. Or use a pattern as a starting place, and add to it to make the pattern and final project really your own.
Some day, you too can say, “These quilting books followed me home”. Others might roll their eyes, but new ideas are always welcome to quilters.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the quilting journey.
All photos and content are my own unless otherwise noted. Please DO NOT use or reproduce ANY content from this website without my written permission.